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Apr 24 2009

Can the Internet Sway Your Vote? Web 2.0 and the Iowa Caucus

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Where people go, politicians will follow. The Internet has made such a significant impact on a majority of this planet’s human residents that it didn’t take long for politicians to seriously consider its potential. So it was only natural that the much anticipated Iowa caucus got its own exposure using Web 2.0.

Calling all Iowa voters

New Year’s Day in 2008 witnessed the launch of Senator Barack Obama’s application on no less than  Facebook. Yes, the Democratic presidential candidate was trying to win friends, although probably not in the same way as other users. Obama’s account was used to send out a call for members coming from Iowa, urging them to participate on that state’s caucus. The application even warns that Obama might not be able to win the Democratic nomination if these members did not go out to show support.

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Apr 17 2009

The Long Tail End of Web 2.0

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Web 2.0 might have invaded our consciousness and the very business of our lives but to many of us, it is still wrapped in fairly muddled definitions. Using Wikipedia as an example may shed some light but to many of us, there are still answers that remain out of reach. What is known and agreed upon is that Web 2.0 is a highly dynamic environment, which actually fits the fact that it can be difficult to define. There are also patterns that indicate Web 2.0 exhibits Long Tail characteristics, something you and I should thank technology for.

What is the Long Tail?

The Long Tail refers to the phrase that was first coined by Chris Anderson in his speech series beginning in 2004. It refers to a feature of certain statistical distributions that show high frequency populations being followed by low frequency populations which tail off gradually. This feature is also known as heavy tails, Pareto tails or power law tails. The tail refers to the long extension in a demand curve. Put simply, the Long Tail reflects the volume of low-popularity products which exceed that of very popular ones.

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Apr 10 2009

Web 2.0 Open Source: Advantages and Expectations

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If people tell you that nothing is for free these days, they probably don’t know what open source is.
Commercialization of the Web is still apparent but underneath, many of the hugely powerful stuff that has kept the Internet such a lively, dynamic place are actually free of cost. It might seem to many that it has made certain business models more complicated but in reality, the use of the Web has actually made it simpler for many. Web 2.0 open source is the best idea that has finally come to life.

Advantages of Web 2.0 open source

Other than the fact that it doesn’t take a lot of moolah to obtain and use, Web 2.0 open source is also a harbinger of things to come. It has shifted priorities from providing applications and facilities that can be bought to providing products that are not only high quality, they can be obtained without any cost.

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Apr 03 2009

How Web 2.0 SaaS Became the “Next Big Thing” on the Internet

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Web 2.0 is not all just about being the next big hype on the Internet. The reason for its popularity among millions of users on the Web is the great shift from the way new applications are being developed, packed up, licensed, distributed, maintained and used. It has to do mostly with the software as a service. Another thing that creates another buzz on Web 2.0 is the presence of a lot of small startups and the way they are taking the applications and the Internet.

SaaS as the new chance of success on Web 2.0

The ASP or the Application Service Provider is a model during the 1990s which failed significantly despite its hype and the amount of the capital money it has been provided. During the Software as a Service Summit held in Napa, industry analysts and leaders who gathered there concluded that the new version of the ASP, now called Software-as-a-Service or SaaS has far better chances than ASP because of today’s market conditions. According to the SaaS proponents, because of the growing number of people who can afford to access the high-speed Internet, computer technology and Web vendors are willing to e mbrace the open standards which are only a few factors that were able to develop an innovative and rich environment for the SaaS to thrive.

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Mar 27 2009

Web 2.0 Apps You Should Be Using

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When productivity is the name of the game, expect tech people to come up with solutions that make sure you don’t get left out in the cold. That’s how your encounter with Web 2.0 has just gotten better, thanks to apps, those tiny bits of programs that work behind the scenes and assist you when you most need them. Whether for free or priced slightly, Web 2.0 apps are incredibly useful, perfect for when you just don’t want to work too hard at a task or for those times when memory fails.

What are apps?

The term apps is short for applications. These are small computer programs that perform certain specific tasks, usually to supplement a main program or to add to the functionality of a computer system. Apps vary in specific functions and they can be used for account or site management, finance, games, education and many types of research. These apps are often designed to work or add to the functionality of Web 2.0 technologies.

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Mar 20 2009

The Need for an Adaptable CMS in Web 2.0

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Is your CMS updated for the web? It better be. There are certain issues that an updated CMS can handle best that your old CMS will probably find difficulty in. After all, technology is about change and change is what Web 2.0 has brought us. So what makes a CMS a good fit with Web 2.0? We examine its characteristics.

What is CMS?

CMS is content management system, used for the management of website content. Generally, CMS is deployed by site owners and site administrators to allow the interactive use of a website by multiple contributors. One of the best examples for this type of content management is the wiki, where numerous users create content through collaboration. Content may be textual, audio or video.

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Mar 13 2009

Icons of Web 2.0 and How to Create Them

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We see a lot of icons on computer displays. They are not new to us since every time we use the computer or connect to the Web, we encounter different icons and have become quite useful for both users and web developers. They are used in web sites since they require little space in web pages while in a computer desktop, they are used to transport the user from one window to another. An icon dates back to the year 1970 where it was developed by the Xerox Alto Palo Research used as an instrument for constructing computer interfaces so neophytes could easily grasp the idea behind this computer technology.

Later, Microsoft Windows and the Apple Macintosh popularized their icon-driven interfaces for their
operating systems. Although, today, we are now on Web 2.0, icons are still very useful on many web sites.

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Mar 06 2009

Simple and Easy Steps in Creating Web 2.0 Buttons

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These days, Web 2.0 style has become very popular among a number of web sites. Every single day, a lot of web sites use attention-grabbing images and very interesting things to appear in the Network. Since there are by no means any standards in creating any of the Web 2.0 elements, thus, many people are inclined to make use of the special buttons also known as Aqua buttons.

The importance of using Web 2.0 buttons

Creating these buttons for additional web effects may seem difficult to you; however, with a lot of new discoveries in the computer technology, you may not need to become a professional web designer to be able to create a simple one.

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Feb 27 2009

The Effective Use of Fonts for Web 2.0

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Fonts, incredible as they seem, can make a huge impact on the image and feel of a write-up or a website. Choosing the right font is as much an art as it is a science and the wrong choice can often end up preventing you from making the most out of a design or an article, especially when you’re dealing with Web 2.0. So what, exactly, is a Web 2.0 font? How can the choice of a font make a difference in this environment? And is there an official standard for the use of fonts in a Web 2.0 site?

Identifying the Web 2.0 fonts

It can be incredibly difficult to nail down the exact standards for a font that can be classified as reflective
of the Web 2.0 environment. However, there are certain characteristics.

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Feb 20 2009

Distinct Designs of a Web 2.0 Website

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Although there is no clear standard as to what constitutes a Web 2.0 website, people seem to know instinctively what it looks like. Thanks to a few distinct characteristics, these signs point to a site that uses Web 2.0 technologies. Knowing what these sites look like will also be advantageous for you, if you’re planning on making sure that your site is well adapted to the new trends. Here are some distinct designs to look out for in Web 2.0 websites:

Simplicity in concept and execution

A distinctive design feature of Web 2.0 is simplicity in terms of layout, font choice and outline. Although bold, Web 2.0 sites are more streamlined and clean in order to make way for what’s more important, which is content. Since websites in the Web 2.0 environment thrive on content, that is usually what users aim for when they check out your offerings. Design and look, while still important, are usually only secondary.

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